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The city of Campbell, the Orchard City, is located in Silicon Valley between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the San Francisco Bay. The city is nearly 7 square miles and is home to nearly 40,000 residents and to a diverse small business base.
Campbell is a suburban, residential city that prides itself on providing excellent public services and facilities. Campbell’s community events, parks, and trails provide an array of recreational activities. Annual festivals include the Bunnies and Bonnets Parade, Oktoberfest, Valentine’s Day Fun Run, Wine Walk, and Boogie on the Bayou. Campbell is a delightful community where tradition and progress combine in a successful blend.
Significant developments during the last ten years include multiple streetscape improvement projects, three new light rail stations, construction of a multi-level Downtown parking garage, development of Stojanovich Family Park, renovation of the historic Heritage Theatre, and renovation of the Orchard City Banquet Hall.
The community of Campbell was founded when Benjamin Campbell came West with his family in 1846. He bought 160 acres and planted it with hay and grain in 1851. This acreage later became Campbell's historical downtown core. In 1878, Mr. Campbell sold an acre of his land for $5 to the railroad and, by 1887, the first subdivision was recorded west of the railroad from Campbell Avenue to the spot where the Water Tower Plaza now stands. The area became the center for shipping fruit, and within a short period of time, the drying grounds and canneries made Campbell an important rail center. There were three major canneries in Campbell: the J.C. Ainsley Packing Company, Hyde Cannery, and Payne Cannery. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt visited Campbell and planted a redwood tree at a local school. The community incorporated as the city of Campbell in 1952. Campbell has grown from a small farming community with a population of approximately 5,000 to a progressive community with a population of nearly 40,000.
The city of Campbell is a progressive city and operates under the Council–Manager form of government. The five council members are elected at-large for four-year terms. Campbell has 153 employees and an FY 2013 General Fund Operating budget of $37.3 million. City-operated services include the departments of Community Development, Police, Public Works, Recreation and Community Services, City Manager’s Office and Finance. City departments work as a team to provide seamless customer service on a daily basis.